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Introducing Outlook.com – Modern Email for the Next Billion Mailboxes
Recently, we talked about how we’ve reimagined cloud services for Windows 8 and Windows Phone . And we described new apps for Windows 8, updates to SkyDrive , and how cloud services power the new Office Preview , We’ve also been hard at work on a mission to reimagine personal email –...
31 Jul 2012
Weekend Reading: July 20th Edition–Windows 8 Becomes Available on Oct. 26 & Microsoft Welcomes Yammer into the Family
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on when Windows 8 will be available, Microsoft welcoming Yammer into the Office Division, four great Windows Phone apps for the London Olympics and more. Windows 8 will be available on Oct. 26. Earlier this week, Windows and Windows Live...
20 Jul 2012
Weekend Reading: April 27th Edition–The Skype for Windows Phone App is Here, Wordament Comes to Marketplace & Don’t Miss the Beauty of Bing Desktop
And now it’s time for a little Weekend Reading… In this edition, we’ve got stories on the new Skype for Windows Phone app, the winners of the U.S. Imagine Cup finals, Wordament coming to Marketplace, the new Bing Desktop and more. Ladies and gentlemen, it is HERE! Skype for Windows...
27 Apr 2012
The Midweek Download: April 25th Edition–Introducing a More Muscular SkyDrive, the Latest on Windows 8, plus Windows Intune, Windows Phone and Internet Explorer 10
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got the lowdown on the new and more powerful SkyDrive, memory usage in Windows 8, what’s next for Windows Intune and a few bits and pieces for Windows Phone developers. Available now: A more powerful SkyDrive. Over the last year we’ve...
25 Apr 2012
Weekend Reading: March 23rd Edition–A New “Hunger Games” Web Experience, Windows Phone Arrives in China, plus Microsoft’s Digital Crimes Unit, Skype & More
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on a “Hunger Games” Web experience, Windows Phone arriving in China, Microsoft making PhotoDNA technology available to law enforcement and more. Read on! Go inside “The Hunger Games.” Everybody’s talking about...
23 Mar 2012
Weekend Reading: Feb. 24th Edition–Bing Launches Linked Pages, Microsoft Adds a New Board Member, plus a Windows Phone App to Satisfy Your Pinterest Addiction
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about Bing’s Linked Pages, a new Microsoft board member and Pinspiration, a Windows Phone app that can help satisfy your Pinterest addiction. Make a good search impression with Bing’s Linked Pages. With people search being such...
24 Feb 2012
The Midweek Download: Feb. 8th Edition–Power Efficiency in Windows 8, Visual Studio Achievements for Windows Phone, Marketplace Expands to Five New Markets & More
This edition of The Midweek Download has stories on power consumption in Windows 8, a new version of Visual Studio Achievements for Windows Phone devs, the expansion of the Windows Phone Marketplace to five new markets and much more. Here’s the latest from Building Windows 8. “Minimizing...
8 Feb 2012
Weekend Reading: Jan. 20th Edition–Microsoft Reports Record Second-Quarter Revenue, MSN Debuts a New Mobile Experience, plus Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE & SkyDrive
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories on Microsoft’s second-quarter financial report, a new mobile experience on MSN and a host of others. Don’t miss ‘em! Microsoft reports record revenue of $20.9 billion in second quarter. On Thursday, Microsoft announced quarterly...
20 Jan 2012
The Midweek Download: Dec. 21st Edition–Protecting Your Digital Identity in Windows 8, plus Internet Explorer 10, Windows Phone and Windows Live
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories from Building Windows 8, Internet Explorer, Windows Phone and a few others. Don’t miss ‘em. And now, these messages from Building Windows 8. If you’re looking for the latest word on Windows 8, look no further than the...
21 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: Dec. 16th Edition–Nokia’s First Windows Phone Set to Hit the U.S. in January, plus Skype, 11 Microsoft Milestones in 2011, Hotmail & MSN
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got stories about the first Windows Phone from Nokia coming to the U.S., Skype, 10 new reasons to love Hotmail and MSN. Nokia Lumia 710 coming to T-Mobile in January. Nokia’s first U.S. Windows Phone—the Lumia 710—lands at T-Mobile...
16 Dec 2011
The Midweek Download: Dec. 14th Edition–Microsoft Releases New Windows Azure Features, plus Dynamics CRM, SkyDrive and Internet Explorer
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got stories about new features and functionality in Windows Azure and a few other bits and pieces. Microsoft releases new features and functionality for Windows Azure. Earlier this week, Microsoft released new features and functionally for Windows...
14 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: Dec. 9th Edition–Xbox LIVE Gets a New Look, Microsoft and GE Team Up on Healthcare, plus “Ellen”, Windows Phone, Hotmail and MSN
This edition of Weekend Reading has stories on Xbox 360, Microsoft’s new joint venture with GE, Windows Phone and several products recently featured on “Ellen”. Remember, only 15 shopping days left till Christmas, folks! A big week for Xbox 360. Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled...
9 Dec 2011
Weekend Reading: Nov. 11th Edition–Microsoft Unveils a BIG Windows Phone, Announces Display Ad Deal with Yahoo! and AOL, plus Bill Gates on NUI, Windows Live and Bing
It’s been a big week for Microsoft news – literally. First, we unveiled a six-story Windows Phone in New York City’s Herald Square. Then we announced a new display advertising agreement with Yahoo! and America Online. Those and other stories are all here in the latest edition of Weekend...
11 Nov 2011
Weekend Reading: Sept. 9th Edition–Xbox 360 Stays No. 1 in the U.S., Microsoft Shows How Twitter Will Work in Windows Phone “Mango”, plus Lync for Mac and Hotmail
This week’s edition of Weekend Reading has stories on Xbox 360; how Twitter will work in the next version of the Windows Phone mobile platform; two new surveys on science, technology, engineering and math education and more. Check ‘em out! Xbox 360 continues to rule the console market...
9 Sep 2011
The Midweek Download: Sept. 7th Edition–Continuing the Windows 8 Discussion, Devs Get Windows Azure Toolkits for Android & Windows Phone, plus Windows Intune and IE9
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got the latest from Building Windows 8, plus stories on the Windows Azure toolkits for Android and Windows Phone and a new Windows Intune release coming in October. Check it out. Reviewing feedback on Building Windows 8. It’s been a few weeks...
7 Sep 2011
The IBM PC is 30 Years Old – And We’re (All) Just Getting Started
In 1999, I was gobsmacked by reading the NY Times Magazine about top inventions – each article made me pause and say “of course,” none more so than the history of the wood screw. Without it, what would civilization be like? Less sturdy, for sure. And at the time, it was no doubt greeted...
10 Aug 2011
Weekend Reading: Aug. 5th Edition–Three Cool Windows Phone Stories, plus Xbox Live’s Unicorn Ninja, Hotmail and Microsoft Research
In this edition of Weekend Reading, we’ve got three cool Windows Phone stories, plus the dress of the future and a little something we like to call the Xbox Live Unicorn Ninja. Look who’s talking: speech in Mango. In this Wednesday post on the Windows Phone Blog , readers are introduced...
5 Aug 2011
The Midweek Download: Aug. 3rd Edition–Behind the Voice of Kinect for Xbox 360, plus Windows Phone Dev News, IE10 and Microsoft Research
In this edition of The Midweek Download, we’ve got the story behind the voice of the Kinect for Xbox 360, news bits for Windows Phone developers and a few other items. Check it out. The story behind the voice of Kinect. For years leading up to the launch of Kinect, Microsoft was blending technologies...
3 Aug 2011
The Midweek Download: July 27th Edition–Windows Phone “Mango” is Released to Manufacturers, Microsoft & SUSE Renew Interop Agreement, plus Hotmail, Messenger and SkyDrive
The big news so far this week is the release to manufacturers of Windows Phone “Mango.” Also this week, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith testified before Congress on the importance of education and immigration reform. Windows Phone “Mango” released to manufacturers. On...
27 Jul 2011
Weekend Reading: July 1st Edition–Angry Birds & AmazonFresh Come to Windows Phone, plus Office 365, Hotmail and Surface 2.0
Just in case you missed it, Microsoft announced the availability of Office 365 earlier this week. The company also made big news on several other fronts, including Windows Phone, Hotmail and others. Angry Birds and AmazonFresh now on Windows Phone. It’s been a big week for Windows Phone. Earlier...
1 Jul 2011
Meet Microsoft’s Next Generation of Innovators
From creating an online platform through Azure that helps ease the devastation caused by floods in Australia, to using Windows Live to create a band, to helping develop the next generation of teachers in the Middle East, to charting the future of advertising across multiple screens, people are doing...
20 Apr 2011
Weekend Reading: March 25th Edition - Two New Windows Phones, a Big Customer Win and the Rustock Botnet Takedown
Welcome to the first edition of Weekend Reading for the spring of 2011! The MSN weather forecast for this week tells us to expect more rain showers, but at least that mercury is creeping ever upward to warmer temperatures. In this week’s installment, we’ve got an item about two new Windows...
25 Mar 2011
Weekend Reading: Live@edu Cloud Clears Future for Kentucky
Microsoft blog editor
Last week the University of Arizona adopted the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite , our cloud-based communication and collaboration package. This week the Kentucky Department of Education has gone one better and deployed our Live@edu system to more than 700,000 students, faculty members, and...
4 Jun 2010
Weekend Reading - James Cameron, Imagine Cup, Messenger, and the World's Most Influential People
Microsoft blog editor
Those of you reading the blog this week can't fail to have missed our excitement about the U.S. finals for the Imagine Cup . This is the international student technology competition that we sponsor. It was a great event – guests included “Avatar” director James Cameron , as well as our own Craig Mundie...
30 Apr 2010
Weekend Reading: Imagine Cup U.S. Finals and Much More
Microsoft blog editor
It’s Friday and therefore time to round up some of the things you may have missed this week with what we like to call Weekend Reading. Firstly a plug for the U.S. finals for the Imagine Cup , taking place this weekend. At Imagine Cup, student teams compete to find solutions to the most important...
23 Apr 2010
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